Map of The Bluestack Way Part 1

From Donegal Town, meander along the river to the famous Lough Eske.

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The Bluestack Way Part 1
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Easy: 4.1 miles, Half day
 
Overview: Opposite the Bank of Ireland on the Diamond, you'll see a sign that marks the starting point of arguably the finest walk in the north west of Ireland. No doubt you'll have studied the route of the Trail already - and we do recommend from the off that you take Ordinance Survey Maps 10 and 11 with you! Savour the charm of the Diamond, a place that has been the site of many great moments in the life of the area, most recently it was where 20,000 rain-soaked, but proud supporters, waited patiently to welcome back the victorious All Ireland senior football players from Croke Park in September 2012.

Donegal Town is a great place to spend a few days and we have also designed a sister guide on EveryTrail called the Donegal Town Guides that will let you have everything you'll need to enjoy your time here.

We'll be making our way out to Lough Eske along the eponymous river and in sight of the Bluestacks. We'll be telling you stories along the way about this mountain range. This first stage is the shortest as we recommend you spend some time in Lough Eske at the end of Part One. The ever colourful writer John M. Feehan described Lough Eske as 'a place for lovers or honeymoon couples whose vistas are still undimmed by the realities of living. Almost at every turn one meets scenery of unearthly beauty and little secret places where one can rest, relax and experience an awakening of the soul to boundless joy'. As such, there's no hurry and a walk around the lough, in Ardnamona Woods, up Banagher Hill or over to Barnesmore will be time well spent.

Tips: PLEASE NOTE: This App is primarily intended as a means of enjoying the lore and history of the area. While it follows the route of the Way via GPS, it should be used as a supplement to, not a replacement for, proper map and compass reading. Full advance preparation should be made of the route with Ordinance Survey maps that should be taken with you together with proper equipment, apparel and sustenance. We can recommend the following professional guides: Patsy McNulty +353(0)877941234 (for Parts One and Two), Brendan Proctor (for Parts Three and Three Alternative) +353(0)863373031 and Bradas McDyer (for Part Four) +353(0)863530537.

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Start of the Bluestack Way
Landmark
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Chieftains, merchants and victuallers
Shopping
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Old milestone to Derry
Information
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Famine graveyard
Junction
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Turn off for the Bluestack Way
Junction
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The Eske river
Water
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Under the bypass
Junction
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Walking in the hills
Junction
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147 stacks
Information
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Visitors to the Area
Junction
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In the Bluestacks
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Barnesmore in the distance
Viewpoint
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Bluestacks View
Viewpoint
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The Bluestack Mountains East Range
Mountain
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Traditional Walks
Junction
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Thrushbank bridge
Water
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In the footsteps of monks
Junction
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Lough Eske geology
Information
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Friar's Bush
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The Banshee
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Lough Eske and environs
Water
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